Patterns and Problem Solving
Many of us already know that problem solving can be an exciting, exhilarating adventure. Students who have caught this enthusiasm may simply be given a problem and ""turned loose"" to see what they can find. Others, frustrated by lack of direction or insecure about process, will find the activities in this course guiding them towards success. With just a little help, every student can make some significant discoveries about mathematics. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the important role patterns play in mathematics. Patterns unlock the world of mathematics. This course provides useful resources and strategies for teachers who would like to help students recognize patterns and use them to make discoveries.
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As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.